As part of the practice squad at Team USA training camp earlier this month, Thompson took a weeklong pounding from the likes of Kobe Bryant, LeBron James and Russell Westbrook. But by camp's end, he had accomplished everything he hoped to. He got some intense training. He got to test his skills against the best in the game.
And he got some respect.
"I like Klay. I think he's got one of the brightest young futures in our game," James said. "With his ability, the way he can shoot the ball and make plays, and with his size, Golden State's really got something in him."
"He just knows how to play the game of basketball," Brooklyn Nets point guard Deron Williams said. "I think he's going to be special as the years go on. As a rookie last year, I thought he made a great impact. He'll continue to get better."
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I really think this experience is going to speed up the progression of Thompson's game. He's practicing against the best the NBA has to offer, and he's being schooled, yet competing at a high level. If you read the article, there's multiple players (Kobe, Lebron, D Will) that are giving him props. My hope is that he soaks up as much advice and lessons as possible. He's clearly seeing what makes these players elite, and what he needs to work on in order to reach their level.
i'm very excited about Klay Thompson's future.